Thursday, November 23, 2006

Century San Francisco Centre 9

845 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Pan's Labyrinth in Auditorium 2 on 01/06/07

Experience matched description below, except no noise from neighboring auditorium. Pan's Labyrinth is 1.85:1, and folks sitting in the front of the floor section looked uncomfortable.

Casino Royale (2006) in Auditorium 1 at 7:30 on 11/19/06

Image was steady, bright, focused and well framed.
Sound was dynamic and immersive with good (but not outstanding) bass.
Prior to the show, there were no annoying slides or videos.

Auditorium Design:
The screen is masked from the top. The masking is lowered for 2.35:1 films, and raised for 1.85:1 films. 2.35:1 films should be bigger, not smaller.

There are 12-16 rows of seats on the floor level before the auditorium begins sloping. Anyone sitting in even the lowest stadium seats will be very far from the screen. Anyone sitting in the floor section would have to crane their neck back uncomfortably when watching a 1.85:1 film.

The rumble from the climax of the film was heard from the neighboring auditorium. If this isn't proof that THX certification is a farce, I don't know what is.

The screen was not protected by a curtain prior to the show. It was pristine, so far.

The "pleather" seats are nice.

Cinema Grade = C article about this theatre's impact on film booking in San Francisco: New theaters push owners to shuffle films

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